Skin Care

10 NOT SO COMMON ANTI BREAKOUT/ ACNE TIPS

1. CHANGE AND WASH YOUR PILLOWCASE FREQUENTLY 
Drool and germs from the face through constant usage can easily trigger breakouts and even spread smaller ones further

2. DON’T SHARE MAKEUP BRUSHES/ PRODUCTS

You probably already know its super important to wash your makeup brushes frequently because believe it or not, product build-up on your brush can be a MAJOR contributor to worsening your acne/ or even causing pimples. In the same way, using other people’s brushes is super unhygienic and so its letting them use yours. If you want to do someone elses makeup, use a disposable sponge.

Also, We may not realize this but sharing face powders, blushes, bronzers, etc is really not so great for your skin! The top layer of the product can have the owner’s sweat on it or even facial germs because the brush goes back into it multiple times while its being used on the face.

3. DON’T USE A TOWEL TO DRY YOUR FACE

Trust me when I say this: use a tissue to dry your face. Even face towels get product buildup despite looking 100% clean.

4. OVERWASHING IS BAD

Although keeping your face clean is super duper important, constantly washing it is not the answer. This can cause overdrying or simply aggravate pimples/ breakouts by irritating the skin. Washing twice to thrice maximum should be okay, depending on your skin type. Overwashing is always bad

5. EVEN OILY SKIN NEEDS MOISTURIZER 

I’ve had lots of clients coming in and saying they dont need to moisturize because their skin is oily but in reality what you should do is dab the oil off and then use an oil free/ water based/ gel based moisturizer normally and everytime you wash your face or are about to apply makeup

6. STOP LETTING PEOPLE KISS YOUR FACE

Because no matter how clean aunty is, her germs from the mouth can easily transfer to your skin, causing pesky little breakouts or irritated skin in general. You probably already know that even your own hands can trigger breakouts on your face.

7. WASHING YOUR FACE IS NOT ENOUGH

When you’re taking your makeup off, its SO SO important to not only wash your face but also take makeup remover or micellar water on a wipe/ cotton pad and wipe it to double cleanse the pores. Try it, you’ll still find traces of product on the wipe. Simply washing is never enough!!! (Even if you’re not wearing alot of makeup)

8. JUST BECAUSE IT WORKS FOR HER, DOESN’T MEAN IT WILL WORK FOR YOU

I know it’s super tempting to just start using skincare products or acne creams that have been prescribed to your friends/ favorite beauty guru to save a few bucks but honestly, every skin type is different and if your acne or breakout is caused due to a different reason, using these products can cause a horrible reaction. Go to a dermatologist and have them prescribe something especially for your skin.

9. WATCH WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR HAIR

Shocking, I know right??? Its true, what you put on your hair can really affect what happens on your face because (a) everything you put on any part of your body externally is absorbed by your skin and (b) your hair may be touching your face more than you even realize.

10. FIX YOUR DIET

You’ve most probably heard of this one before, and it’s true. What goes in your body matters more than what goes on it. If your skin is acting up always consider the possibility that something that you are eating is causing this reaction.

More common tips include not touching your face, wearing sunscreen, staying away from greasy food, NOT wearing alot of makeup very frequently, etc

 

 

 

Did you enjoy this post? Comment down below with any tips you have for avoiding acne/ breakouts

 

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Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

Elmore Beauty Face Washes | A Review

Two to three weeks ago I was sent a PR package by Elmore Beauty (Elmore is a Registered Brand of Evan & Mayer Inc. USA) which contained two lotions, glycerine cream and two face-washes.About the Brand:

INTRODUCTION

Elmore Cosmetics is a product of Evan & Mayer International,a company dedicated to providing quality cosmetic products to its global customers. Their growing line of cosmetic products under the banner of “ELMORE” is just a first step in realizing this goal. Since 1998, under the trade name of “ELMORE”, Evan & Mayer Inc. USA has been developing and Marketing a growing range of Top Quality Skin Care products where they undergo extensive Research and Development and are formulated after rigorous testing of finest American & European ingredients.

Today’s review is focused on the two face washes that I received from the brand, one being a ‘cooling’ face wash (oil-control formula) and the other being a ‘purifying’ one (Herbal formula). 

Lets begin!

According to the brand, the gel formula of these face washes makes it easy to apply and the compact packaging allows you to travel with it conveniently for use on the go. Also, they claim to have used top quality ingredients to freshen skin without over-drying it.

1. Claims by the Brand:

Cooling Face Wash: Elmore’s Cooling Face Wash gives effective oil control and leaves a refreshingly cool feeling after use. Oil control is the key to preventing whiteheads & blackheads on the skin.

MY THOUGHTS:

This face wash definitely gives a cooling effect to the skin when used. It is a clear gel-like formula that easily foams and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh. However, contrary to the claim of not over drying, it DOES dry the skin up quite alot and if used near my eyes or on my lids, the area starts itching because of the dryness so ladies with dry skin must stay away from this product and definitely not try cleansing eye makeup with it. Since the formula was created for oil control I believe it would be far better suited for people with really oily skin. It reminds me of the Neutrogena Acne Facewash quite alot (which is double the price). I recommend using a gel based moisturizer after using this face wash to avoid over drying. 

2. Claims By The Brand:

Purifying Face Wash: With the effective purifying and soothing qualities of natural neem extracts, Elmore’s Herbal Purifying Face Wash is best suited for those who require a daily facial cleansing product that removes dirt & oil build up without over drying the skin. 

MY THOUGHTS:

Just like the cooling face wash, this too leaves skin feeling fresh. Of course it doesn’t have the same menthol-like feeling but the cool thing is the product is green! This also forms foam easily and washes off easily. What I particularly love about this facewash is that it does NOT overdry the skin unlike the cooling variant so it’s a win-win situation. Combination skin girlies like me, its time to jump on the bandwagon! With this one I don’t find the need to throw on alot of moisturizer either!

Ever since I have started using these face washes my skin has actually cleared out quite alot blemish/breakout wise but then again what works for me may not necessarily work for you!

If you’re still on the lookout for an affordable, travel friendly tube of facewash, look no further! Just remember to moisturize and of course use proper makeup remover to get rid of all the gunk before going to bed!

Both face washes come in typical plastic tubes and retail for Rs. 120 each (SO AFFORDABLE) and as mentioned above, are gel based. You can find them in stores nationwide and other Elmore Beauty products on yayvo.com

Lots of love,

Zenia!❤️

Reviews, Skin Care

Bio Oil- A Review

Hi there! Look who’s back! Today we’re talking about a problem that so many of us girls and guys face but barely find a solution for – Stretch Marks. (Well we’re talking about more than just that, but bear with me)

Incase you’re unaware, these are a form of scars that start with a raspberry color and then fade to a white shade. According to Wikipedia, “Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis. This is often from the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, or hormone replacement therapy.”

But that’s not all Bio Oil claims to help with. The company says: Bio-Oil is a specialist skin care product that is recommended to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also recommended for ageing and dehydrated skin.

The Key Ingredient besides Vitamins A & E, Rosemary, Lavender, Calendula, and Chamomile Oils is PurCellin Oil. The Oil is also hypoallergenic which means it is relatively unlikely to cause any kind of allergic reaction, so all my sensitive skinned ladies and gentlemen out there need not to worry, but a patch test is always recommended before going all in.

Over two months ago I blogged about an event hosted by Bio Oil and now I’m back to tell you guys if the oil lived up to its claims (reducing scars, stretchmarks, hyper pigmentation, etc) for me. 

The first time I decided to use this oil was on my face, to rid it of hyper pigmentation and I’m not sure if it worked for that but it sure did break me out! A lot of people have used this oil on their faces and have absolutely no issues with it but sadly i gave it multiple chances to adjust to my face’s skin and was disappointed each time. It clogged my pores and I developed painful bumps under my skin. Nuh-uh.

I will say, however, that it does not smell bad or feel too greasy unlike other oils which is great!

On the contrary, I have been using it for my stretch marks on my body and although I don’t see any drastic difference (I haven’t been using it regularly enough to) I sure feel like they may have faded slightly. As far as I know stretch marks never completely go away, they only fade. The oil feels great and really helps replenish and moisturize my skin when I step out of the shower, feels light too! My skin texture has greatly improved and it really does rapidly absorb. 

I just really wish it worked for my face because I have pigmented skin (gee, thanks genetics) around my mouth and cheekbone area. I guess any kind of oil just isn’t for my face but just because it didnt work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! This is a holygrail product for alot of ladies out there. 

Anyway, Bio Oil is now being distributed across pakistan and you can buy it on just4girls.pk, daraz.pk, and at Scentsation.

Toodles!

Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

The Loreal Pure Clay Mask | A Review

The Loreal Pure Clay Mask

Hey there!
Before we get started, I’d like to announce that I FINALLY filmed a skincare video which shall be up super soon on my YouTube Channel. Stay updated on my INSTAGRAM!🌟

Anyway, today I’m reviewing something super cool: The highly raved-about Pure Clay face mask by Lóreal (The Detoxifying and Clarifying one)
This mask has the internet going cuckoo and for good reason. It comes in a small glass tub which gives it an expensive feel, but without the expensive price tag, retailing at 1099 pkr (I bought it from daraz.pk)

Coming to the product, I have to say that I’m impressed. In the past I’ve used face masks which dry and flake off and don’t really do anything for my face but my experience with this has been different. 

This mask has a creamy texture and is best applied with a flat brush like the one shown to ensure even and opaque coverage whilst assuring that you don’t get too thick a layer on. If the layer is too thick, the mask won’t dry properly and it’ll just be a big mess- and quite frankly you don’t even need more than a thin layer. The best way to use it is on freshly cleansed skin and in oily/ porous areas of the area (I use it in my T zone and on my chin) and then waiting for it to completely dry before wiping it off with a damp towel/ washing your face. Beware, you will get grey residue around your sink (but cleaning up won’t be an issue)  

   
 Unlike other masks, the Lóreal Pure Clay one doesn’t over dry my skin and is best coupled with a light moisturiser post-application (but it DOES dry a little, so if you have overly dry skin I’m not sure if this will be your cup of tea). I like to follow mine up with THIS DIY SPRAY

THE PROS

– Cleans pores throughly

– Leaves skin feeling fresh and glowy

– Reduces blemishes

– Does not over-dry skin

– Inexpensive

– Great for oil control and combination skin

THE CONS

– Might not suit dry skin

– Ingredients may not suit everyone, so a patch test pre usage is your safest bet.

– Slightly tingles at first so super sensitive skin should also carry a patch test out.

Would I recommend that you buy this? Hell yea! But don’t forget to be careful because what suits me may not suit you!❤️

Love,

Zenia!

Meetups, Reviews, Skin Care

Bio-Oil Invites Bloggers Over for Hi-Tea!

Yet another event! Last weekend the distributors of Bio Oil in Pakistan invited me for some Chitchat and Hi-tea at Pranzo. 

Lovely PBS Bloggers

 Bio Oil is a special skincare oil that claims to help improve appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Stretch marks can be either due to skin stretching during pregnancy, rapid weight loss/ gain, genetic tendency, or just hormonal changes. Scars can be caused by zits, burns, etc. The key ingredient in Bio Oil is Purcellin Oil.
Here’s what yours truly wore:  

 The first half of the event was spent participating in activities, one of which was about holding up a mood card associated with a word that the host announced.  

  

POSING
 
We went on to have a discussion about scars and everyone’s experiences with stretch-marks/scars, external and internal. The mic was passed around for an odd session of ‘why don’t you like scars?’ One thing I found quite strange was that we were not told about the product and how it exactly works. 

    
 After a lot of pictures and gossip, we were served scrumptious shrimps, chicken, sandwiches, mini burgers, wings, pizza and burgers followed by dessert. Everything was truly cause for a party in my mouth! 

Food’
 Below you can find details of the goodie basket we received at the end of the event. Shoutout to Jeebee from The Glam World for inviting me and making sure everything was spot on. 

Goodies! (sorry about the focus)
 
INSIDE:

  • 2 60ml bottles of Boo Oil (giving one away to my lovely followers)
  • A scarf from Nishat Linen
  • An 8gb USB containing slides about stretch marks and scars

Bio Oil retails for 1200-2200 online at just4girls.pk and in stores such as Aghas, Tesco and Naheed in Karachi. I will be doing a GIVEAWAY with one of the bottles of bio oil that I received along with some other yummy goodies for better skin and hair because I like to believe that you should only wear makeup if you are willing to splurge equally on skincare because if you don’t take care of your skin post makeup application, it won’t be as gorgeous.

I have started using Bio Oil for my stretch marks (yes I have quite a few) and am ecstatic to see results although I know that they will only fade, not completely vanish. I used it for 2 nights for my face and broke out (not sure if this was the reason) so I have halted my face usage to see the root cause behind my breakout.

Thanks so much for being an awesome follower and taking your time out to read this! You are beautiful. Stay tuned for the giveaway xoxo

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Love Zenia❤️🌟

Beauty, Reviews, Skin Care

Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips- Review & Demo

Hello everyone! On my recent trip to Dubai, I happened to go haywire when I came across the colorful stand of sheet masks in Sephora!
I ended up picking up a bunch everytime I went back, but today’s post is specifically aimed towards their peel-off nose strips that claim to pull out your blackheads, just like all charcoal strips.

THE PROCESS

1. Heat up a tiny bit of water for 30 secs in the microwave and dip a cloth inside (make sure your nose is cleansed)

2. Make sure the water isn’t too hot, whatever you’re comfortable with. Place the damp cloth on your nose for a minute so your pores open 

 
3. Wet your nose a little more and stick the strip on (black side down) 

4. Wet the cloth again and put it on top on the strip to make it adhere to the contours of your nose 

 
5. Let the strip sit for 10-15 minutes or till it dries (don’t leave it on for too long)

6. Pull it off slowly upwards (not sideways)  

 
7. Voila! (See before and after below)

WHAT DO I THINK?

 If I’m completely honest with you, the first time I tried these with normal water I wasn’t impressed. My nose isn’t crazy full of blackheads but I do have quite a few. The second time, however, I DID see some nasty gunk come out, but it didn’t completely pull out everything. My nose feels smoother and less bumpier but I can still see lots of tiny black spots.

The skin on the sides of my nose (inner third of my face) looks much clearer and I’m quite satisfied with that part.

THE PROS

– Peels off easily

– Easy to apply with alot of water

– Extracts gunk from prominent blackheads

– Inexpensive ($3)

– Leaves skin feeling smooth

THE CONS

– Doesn’t specify the warm water thing on the packet but it doesn’t work at ALL without it

– Doesn’t take out smaller blackheads

– Leaves paper residue on the nose when peeled off 

BEFORE  

BEFORE
 AFTER 

AFTER
 
Did you guys try these strips? Let me know what you yhought in the comments below!!!

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Beauty, Meetups, Skin Care

BioDerma Bloggers Meetup 

Hello again! Like always, I’d like to apologise to my lovely followers for being missing in action.

Last Saturday (20/8/16) I attended an amazing event organised by Bioderma. I’m sure a majority of you know what Bioderma is since their Micellar Water (Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution) is raved about throughout the makeup world, by people like Huda Kattan of HudaBeauty to people like Kathleen Lights and even Jaclyn Hill!

The event started a little later than planned because a majority of the clan arrived an hour late. I was so happy to see Maliha, Jadirah, Aiesha, Umaima, Farah, Bakhtawar, and Anum and meet some new people!

Blogger Squad!
 It started off with a presentation explaining how Bioderma Sensibio works and how it helps take your makeup off without tugging at your skin, spreading all the product around, burning your eyes, or giving you a hard time. They claim that it dissolves the product then and there instead of you having to make multiple windshield wiper motions back and forth in hopes of removing that pain-in-the-ass waterproof eyeliner or liquid lipstick. We actually tested it right there and then by putting random makeup from our bags on the back of our hands and trying to remove it. IT WORKED!

After the presentation, we took part in a twitter activity in which we had to answer basic questions about Bioderma. The winner was supposed to receive a gift but turned out that all of us got the same things as appreciation for our presence and of course to review on our blogs (which I will be sharing here shortly).

They also ran a cool little device all over our faces to tell us our skin types and what kind of products our skins need. 

Decor
 We then headed downstairs where a nice table of food awaited us. The food was SO GOOD, for a moment I felt like I was at a food event instead of a skincare one. Although this is irrelevant, the pizza was really really good. And so were the prawns. And the beef brushcetta. Ok ok zenia, calm down. 

FOOOOD
 
Lets get to the fun part! The goodie bag details!

  
What it contains:

1x 250 ml bottle of BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

1x 20 ml bottle of BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (travel size)

1x 8ml tube of BioDerma Nourishing Cream (moisturiser for sensitive skin)

1x 15ml tube of BioDerma Sébium Pore Refiner (can be used under makeup to hide pores)

1x 2ml tube of BioDerma AquaFluid (tinted moisturiser with SPF yay) 

1x USB Keychain. I love it!!

 It was great experience overall and its always lovely meeting my existing blogger friends and ofcourse meeting new people and getting to know them! Thank you Bioderma Pakistan for having us 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading!

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Beauty, Meetups, Skin Care

Bloggers Meetup at Amethyst By Roohi

Hidden amidst trees and embassies, lies a gem of a place called Amethyst. This is a Spa which you can enter and forget about all your problems, relax and rejuvenate. Now why am I raving about the ambience? Have I even been there? Well yea, took me 1.5 hours to find the place but o well, it was worth it.
I was invited by the lovely people at Cosmo Group to attend a bloggers meet-up at Amethyst by Roohi. Since I had spent so much time looking for the place, I was late but was still entertained. As I entered, I walked through a small lawn and then into the Spa’s reception. The decor was beautiful. I was taken into the mani/pedi room and told to choose a color of OPI nail polish. I picked a dark red. Yikes. But it was gorgeous. While I was being pampered with a nail colour application, there was a small activity going on for which the prizes were OPI nail polish sets. Sadly, I didn’t win anything. But that’s alright, at least I got pretty nails with rhinestones on them. Yum.  

Ahem. We would like to interrupt this blogpost to share some pictures 😉

The New opi Starlight Collection is Breathtaking!
  
Obsessed!
  
Cosmo Group girlies with Maliha and I!
  
#ManiMonday 😉
 
After the nail colour application, I was taken to a desk on which there lay a vast variety of rhinestones and pearls (artificial obviously) by OPI for nail art.

After we were all done with nails, we had a small hair consultation and of course a cute little light throwing device went into the depths of my hair strands with its magic powers and showed that I have dull, dry and damaged hair (I’ve started conditioning my hair again don’t worry).

As usual, we were given goodie bags with yummy skincare products and then bid farewell to all the ladies present. Good day indeed. 

 
*Since I googled the face moisturizer and found out that it is a discontinued product, Cosmo group was nice enough to send us all a replacement product. This is what i received just day before yesterday: 

 

Hope you enjoyed reading!!!

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Love,

Zenia💙

FAQ, Hair, Makeup, Skin Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is your full name? 
My full name is Zenia Mariam Khan. 

2. What inspired you to start blogging?

I don’t know honestly. I just wanted to write. I wanted to write about anything. Then I started liking makeup. And then I started loving it. And I started doing a lot of DIYs for my skin which made me want to share everything I do online.

3. How old are you?

I’m 17, turning 18 in January 2017 hehe.

4. Have you always been this obsessed with makeup?

Nope. Actually I was one of the girls in my friends circle who never wore even a dot of makeup till grade 9 started. This obsession started when my aunt handed down her old makeup to me. Later, I bought myself a Maybelline lipstick, mascara and eyeliner which was my first makeup purchase with my eidi 2 or 3 years ago. After that I spent all my money on it. Every single penny I get is spent on makeup. Dedication YAS.

5. Where do you buy your makeup?

I buy most of my makeup online (Click here to see trusted pages and websites) or from stores like Scentsation DMC and Inglot. The rest is makeup my family brings me from abroad.

6. Why do you snapchat so much?

Because I want to. I love talking to the camera and I love it when girls send me pictures of their makeup asking for my opinion.

7. What do you use to take pictures/ record videos?

I use my iPhone 5 for all my photos and videos because I don’t own a personal DSLR.

8. What is your skintype?

My skin is combination, oily on the sides of the nose and going towards my cheeks. I also have a slightly oily chin in the summers. My whole face gets very dry in winter time. It is acne prone but I have never had a severe breakout Alhamdulillah.

9. When did you start blogging?

June 2015

10. What is your foundation shade?

I do not own a mac foundation. I like to use 130 for Maybelline Fit me Foundation, Nude Beige for Loreal True Match Lumi, 150 for Maybelline IAR Eraser Treatment Makeup and beige in the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse.

11. What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
I use the Herbal Essences Blowout Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. Smells like heaven.

12. Where do you get your hair done?

Maahnoor Mizka from Mizka’s Studio is my hair magician. Enough said. 

13. Favourite Lipstick?

Definitely MAC Flat Out Fabulous!

14. What do you do when you’re bored?
I watch YouTube videos. Nikkietutorials, Jaclyn Hill, Carli Bybel, Kaushal, Gina Shkeda, Lushaflor, Nicol Concilio and Nicolr Gurreiro are my faves!

15. Did you go to school for makeup? 

Not yet, but I plan to this month. I’m self taught otherwise.

16. Do you want to pursue makeup artistry as a career in the future?

Yup! But first I’d like to get fully educated. Then we’ll see.

17. Where can I see your work?

You can see my work on my Instagram and stay updated on Facebook as well.

Leave your questions below so I can answer each one of you!

Much love, Zenia xx

Skin Care

Why I stopped using Purity by Philosophy + Current Teenage Skincare Routine

Welcome baaaack! I know Im suddenly overly active on my blog but you know I love writing when I have the time to! And you guys are always so nice to me so why not?

Today we’re talking about my skin care routine. Yayy finally.

So to be quite honest, its nothing special, nothing overly expensive and I will also tell you guys why I stopped using the Purity by Philosophy one step facial cleanser.

Lets start with why I stopped using it actually. 

When trying out this cleanser I had very very very high hopes for it. However, in the first use I noticed how it was breaking me out and my acne started worsening. Note that my skin is combination and not sensitive. It is prone to break outs but I have never had a case of chronic acne or too much at once.  

 
This was triggering breakouts, smelt funny, and just didn’t feel right. So I kept trusting the online beauty gurus and still used it just to be sure that this was the product that was causing my breakouts. And it was, I can assure you. 

When I looked at the ingredients, I was shocked! Its full of fragrances, sulphates and oils, plus alcohol ofcourse it’ll break me out like anything! 

Yikes!
 
Anywho, I stopped using it and now my skin is SO much better!

Lets talk about my current skin care routine! 

Little teensy weensy disclaimer: Products that work for me may not work for you. I have combination skin. I’m oily around my nose, and on my chin. My skin is fairly acne prone, although I’ve never had a chronic case.

First, I like to wash my face with the Harvest Tree Tea Tree Acne soap which is a nice charcoal soap available HERE. I’m looking for alternatives to this however, because it can be overdrying and soaps aren’t entirely good for your face.

Next, I use a tissue or face towel to pat my face dry and apply my The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner all over my face using the Johnsons Baby Wipes to remove any traces of makeup and prep my skin for moisturizer. 

TBS toner
 
After that, I go in with my St. Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer and VOILA!  

St. Ives Moisturizer
 
I do this every morning and night.

Sometimes when my skin is super annoying I’ll use the Harvest Tree Cranberries and Oats mask

To exfoliate once a month or once a week, i like to use my very own DIY cinnamon and honey exfoliator you can learn how to make here.

To refresh my skin and hair, I like to use another DIY of mine which you can learn how to make in my last blogpost!

Thats really it you guys, its super simple! And gentle on our teenage skin❤️

Truly hope you guys enjoyed reading!

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Love, ZENIA